This report from Community Solutions, funded by JPMorgan Chase, documents our journey from the end of the 100,000 Homes Campaign to the present— a journey that has seen seven US communities end veteran homelessness and three US communities end chronic homelessness, the first ever to do so. In all, the 77 communities participating in our Built for Zero initiative have connected more than 85,000 veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness to permanent homes since January of 2015.
Source: Community Solutions
Communities are working tirelessly to reach functional zero in chronic and veteran homelessness. What can philanthropy do to help take the last critical steps to reaching zero?
In December, we asked Beth Sandor from Community Solutions what we need to do differently to create large scale change in homelessness. She outlined the tools and systems change work that the Built for Zero initiative is utilizing in communities across the county to end chronic and veteran homelessness.
In this webinar, two of the communities who have reached functional zero shared their challenges and their keys to success. Julia Orlando, Director of The Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Service Center in NJ, discussed how her community ended chronic homelessness and Mary Simons, Executive Director of Open Doors Homeless Coalition spoke to ending veteran homelessness in her community of Gulfport, MS. We welcomed back Beth Sandor, who interviewed these community representatives.
Panelists placed specific emphasis on how rigorous data and committed funding partners are essential to reaching and maintaining functional zero. We dug deep into the lessons they learned that will be helpful to other communities looking to take that last step.
Angela D'Orazio, Program Officer at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland offered a funder perspective and spoke about her community of Cuyahoga County and the steps being taken to reach functional zero by the year 2020.
Community Solutions knows that in order to create large scale change, we need to think differently. In this webinar we heard what they learned from the 100,000 Homes and Zero:2016 Campaigns and, specifically, what didn't work.
So far, seven communities have reached functional zero in veteran homelessness and three in chronic homelessness. What does it take for communities to take that last big step to reach functional zero? Beth Sandor is leading the Built for Zero movement and she shared what she's seen in communities that have reached functional zero and those struggling to take the last step. She shared her vision of treating homelessness as a complex, solvable problem, and how moving from static to dynamic data is key to identifying and addressing challenges as they arise.
Along the way, we heard how philanthropy can be engaged in this framework and help communities end homelessness for all populations.
This was the first in a two-part series. In part two, we will hear directly from two communities that have reached zero – one in chronic and the other in veteran homelessness.Read more
Ann Sewill, Vice President of Housing & Economic Opportunity at the California Community Foundation, explains the Foundation's recent advocacy work around Los Angeles's Proposition HHH and the outcome of this support from a public-private coalition.Read more
On the heels of the launch of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty's Housing Not Handcuffs campaign, Maria Foscarinis explores how the criminalization of homelessness affects efforts to end and prevent it and the important role philanthropy can play in the fight against it.Read more
On June 23rd, FTEH Board Member David Wertheimer spoke in Orlando, FL, at The Road Home Breakfast gathering of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. Still reeling from the shock of the deadly attack against the LGBTQ community at the Pulse nightclub that took 49 young lives and wounded 53 others, the city’s officials nonetheless made the decision to move ahead with The Road Home event, which became yet one more step in the long and painful journey to a community’s recovery.Read more
What happens when cities start to declare homelessness as an "emergency"? Where do we go from here? Funders Together Board Member, David Wertheimer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation explores how these declarations can aid the fight to end and prevent homelessness.Read more
How can we better connect the systems serving older adults and people experiencing homelessness?Read more
For most people experiencing homelessness, it is a temporary crisis, usually lasting a few weeks. Most turn first to their personal support systems--staying with family or friends, for example--while trying to get back on their feet. But when those social supports fail, people turn to public resources in their community as a last resort. A fraction of people become "chronically homeless," which means they develop a long history of repeated homelessness and often struggle with a serious disability. People identified as chronically homeless are more reliant on public resources for emergency shelter and other crisis care.
According to research by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, it costs about the same amount to house someone in stable, supportive housing as it does to leave that person homeless and reliant upon high-cost crisis care and emergency housing. And housing results in better outcomes for both the person experiencing chronic homelessness and the public systems that must otherwise respond to that person's emergency needs.
From Our Members
Calgary Homeless Foundation - System Planning Framework
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Chronic Homelessness Initiative
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Homelessness Landscape Research
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Los Angeles Chronic Homelessness Initiative Strategy Summary
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Mobilizing Los Angeles County to End Chronic Homelessness
The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts - Evaluation: Home Again
Valley of the Sun United Way - A Path to End Homelessness
United Way of Greater Los Angeles / Home for Good - Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles County
United Way of Greater Los Angeles / Home for Good - Standards of Excellence for Outreach Programs, Engagement Services, Emergency/Crisis/Interim Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing
United Way of King County - Opening Doors in Our Community: Campaign to End Chronic Homelessness
William S. Abell Foundation - Final Report on the Five-year Strategic Initiative on Homelessness of the William S. Abell Foundation
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